Alternative Monthly Horoscope for November 2008

Scorpius from the Uranographia of Johann Bode. Part of the scorpion’s body is overlapped by the foot of Ophiuchus, the supposed 13th sign of the zodiac.

Aries (March 20-April 19)
You may not understand the energy source behind so much change in your life, though you need to stay fully awake in order to count it as progress. You run the risk of becoming overly invested in a relationship situation that could distract you from far more meaningful endeavors. If that relationship involves business, it’s vital that you take the advice of others under consideration without letting it dictate your choices. This is easier said than done.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You seem to be involved in a confrontation or an unusually passionate direct encounter of some kind, and the chances are it’s going to change how you see and feel about yourself. Well, you may take credit for the change yourself; after all, you made the decisions involved. Yet you need to look at what is happening around you and what is happening to you and be sure you at least draw the associations between these seemingly unrelated circumstances.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Make a clear decision about whether you want someone as your lover, or stand aside. It would help if you were realistic about whether this person wants you. He or she seems to be self-absorbed, which is not usually a green light. The deeper question is whether sex is a necessary prerequisite to the relationship that you want. Generally, people get sexually involved way too soon, long before they have processed their prior relationship. You don’t have to do this.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You have some powerful support right now, and some deep ideas about which you’re passionate. The thing to remember is that there is more to life than projects, no matter how driven you feel. Put some of your energy into people, or into someone in particular, and you will have plenty of inspiration and drive for the creative work that you want to do. If you keep your life in balance, it will be some of the best you’ve ever created. And you will not be doing it alone.

Scorpio is intense. No two ways about it. They radiate charisma and magnetism even when they’re not trying. Famous Scorpio Condoleezza Rice (Nov. 14, 1954) recently said that she’s looking forward to “getting
back to shopping”.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Is there some work that you’re leaving unfinished or neglected? You seem to be pouring your love and devotion into your home life, and this is giving you a deep sense of security and pleasure. Yet you also have a calling, a mission or a role to play in the larger world. You may underestimate its importance or balk on the grounds that it’s not feeding you the way it should be. Yet are you really feeding it? You will surely get the results that you invest.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You may not like the seemingly inevitable shakeup or disruption of your slow, steady process, but it’s time to get some fire under your feet. You love to do things in a thoughtful and methodical way. Others seem bent on demonstrating that there is another way to do things: with gusto and little sense of the consequences. You have taken every conceivable precaution. Now all you need to do is let go.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You may want to examine your ambition and determine whether it’s being driven forward by loneliness. If that is the case, I suggest you put your energy into human contact rather than gunning for cash or a sense of achievement. Alternately, you have an option that may prove even more fruitful: dive deep into yourself and learn something that in truth you can only learn right now. The beauty of this moment is its introspective quality.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Planets are lining up in your birth sign, and each one is bringing you new opportunities to express yourself. It would be great if life bent to your will this easily all the time, but of course you would not notice the brilliant moments like the one you have right now. And the truth of the matter is, it’s not a good idea to take any of this for granted. Keep a conservative edge and make sure you apply common sense at every opportunity you have to deny it. There will be many.

Antares (a Scorpii / Alpha Scorpii) is a red supergiant and the brightest star in Scorpio. It is one of the four brightest stars near the ecliptic.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Pay attention to your motives. You seem obsessed by someone or something, and usually that is justification to do whatever you want to whomever you want. This is a situation calling for ethics, because for one thing the karmic stakes are high. You are also more vulnerable to emotional longing and unmitigated lust than usual, and these are usually not the best states of mind for making decisions. When in doubt, wait a week. If still in doubt, wait another. Even if you’re certain, you owe yourself a good session of self-questioning.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You have a wide opening for an unusual success, but it’s not going to last that long. This is not the time to say that you’ll get to it next year. You have tortured yourself over whether this decision is right or wrong, and a few times you’ve come close to taking the leap. Remember what you’ve learned from these previous attempts. Admit you’ll never be 100% certain of success in advance, nor are there any guarantees. Once you make peace with that, what to do will be obvious.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
You have so many different influences working on you, I suggest you reduce your inputs down to the most trusted sources of information and that you take your time before making any major decisions. For most of November you will be under the influence of aspects that can backfire as easily as they can spur you forward. The most vital thing you can do is be committed to honesty with yourself. Of all the skills available to the human race, this one seems to be the least accessible. You need to put it first.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The planets are pushing you to be more focused on your long-term goals — and to give you the feeling that failure is impossible. It may be, but there are things you can do that put it closer within reach and an even longer list of things that can set you back. You can’t count any gain as solid until it’s been tested two or three times. The thing to remember as you go through the unusual events of this month is that you have the upper hand. You’ve taken more time to prepare, you have come further and your ideas are consistently good — if you remember to use them.

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